Phil passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends in his 89th year having lived a full and exciting life. He was born on June 15th, 1932 on Manning Ave. Toronto.
Phil was predeceased by his beloved wife Josi (Josephine Kruzel} in 2001, his parents Catherine and Andrew Stefaniak, his brother Stan and his wife Helen, his sister Stella and her husband Frank, and brother in laws George Chwalka, Chester Mistak , Peter Stramba and Wally Kruzel. He is survived by his oldest sister, Helen Chwalka, and sister in laws Mary Stramba, Adele Mistak and Krysia Kruzel. He was a loved uncle by 14 nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews and 6 great grand nieces and nephews—the joys of his life.
Phil was proud of his West End Toronto roots and his Polish heritage. He was an avid Blue Jay Fan and a season ticket holder since 1977. He had a passion for collecting sports memorabilia as well as Toronto History and Art. Phil and Josie travelled the world and he enjoyed sharing stories about these adventures.
Thank you to all his care givers and friends who supported him at the end of his journey.
Due to COVID restrictions a private Funeral Mass was celebrate at St. Pius X RC Church followed by burial at Park Lawn Cemetery. Family and friends will be welcomed at a Celebration of Life at a later date.
In Phil’s memory donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Pius X, 2306 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6S 1P1 where Phil was a member for 40 plus years.